Brake problems hamper the FAZZT Race Team in Kentucky
Sparta, Kentucky (September 4, 2010) - Brake problems hampered the FAZZT Race Team during Saturday night’s Kentucky Indy 300 held at the 2.414 km tri-oval Kentucky Speedway. Starting 13th on the grid, Canadian Alex Tagliani ran as high as 10th place before the situation occurred around the halfway mark. Tagliani had to make two extra stops under a full course yellow to try and correct the problem, but to no avail. He finished in 15th place.
Against all odds, Brazilian Helio Castroneves won the race crossing the finish line more than 13 seconds ahead of polesitter Ed Carpenter. Team Penske’s race strategy worked its magic during his fuel economy run near the end of the event as all his opponents had to pit for a splash of fuel in the closing moments of the 200-lap affair. Dan Wheldon finished third ahead of Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti. Marco Andretti came in sixth, followed by Scott Dixon and Will Power.
“Again I’m very proud of the team I think they did a great job on the car,” Alex Tagliani said. “We had a really good solid car to finish in the top 10 easily. When we were in traffic, the car was fast. We seem to be quicker than Dario; definitely in turbulence, the car was good really. At one point, we started to have brake problems, and every time I came in the pits, I really had a hard time slowing down as I came into my box. It was the same to get onto the speed limiter entering pit lane. With this problem, we kept losing a lot of positions. We’ve had a good car for the last two oval races, and I’m pleased with the way the car is set up. It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t have a good clean race. Every race is a big learning curve for the team, but the team is progressing well at every race. This is also my first time here in Kentucky. A year from now when we come back here I think it’s going to be totally different.”
Rob Edwards, FAZZT Race Team COO/General Manager:
“Disappointing result. I think we had a pretty good racecar but we had a problem with the brakes and that meant that we had to be very cautious during the pit stops. We made a couple of extra stops under yellow to check the car out and make sure that everything was all right. Ultimately we lost time on the last two stops having to be careful coming into the pits. We probably had a top-10 car, and ended up 15th because of it. We ran a full race, good experience for Tag, good experience for the team, certainly for next year when we come back here we have a good place to start.”
In the point standings, Will Power still leads with 552 points, 17 more that second place Dario Franchitti. Scott Dixon is third with 469 points. Race winner Helio Castroneves has moved up from fifth to fourth place with 448 points, 30 more than Ryan Briscoe. Tagliani is now 12th overall, tied in the points with Vitor Meira with 269 each.
The IndyCar Series drivers will have next weekend off before heading out to Japan to compete in round 16 of the 17-race 2010 schedule on the Twin Ring Motegi oval on Saturday, September 18.
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